18-Dec-2014 - The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’ for you – enjoy. Happy Holidays!
18-Dec-2014 - An AstraZeneca API plant in Bristol, UK will close its doors within two years due to patent expirations of its cholesterol-lowering blockbuster Crestor.
18-Dec-2014 - For the second time the US FDA has rejected two versions of Pozen’s investigational drug candidate because of issues with a supplier’s foreign manufacturing facility.
18-Dec-2014 - The US FDA’s pre-approval inspection at Hovione’s API plant in Loures, Portugal, covering two NDA filings, resulted in a Form 483 with three inspectional observations.
17-Dec-2014 - Big Pharma firms’ exposure to Russia’s volatile rouble is limited and planned manufacturing investments will go ahead according to observers.
17-Dec-2014 - GE Healthcare has pledged its support and technology to a national £55m ($86m) Cell Therapy manufacturing centre in Stevenage, UK, set to launch in 2017.
17-Dec-2014 - The US FDA has set up a committee to provide advice on scientific, technical and medical issues concerning drug compounding.
17-Dec-2014 - A magnetic pulse technology that can align and push nanoparticles to points distant to magnet surfaces could finally make magnets attractive for deep tissue drug delivery according to researchers.
17-Dec-2014 - The US FDA is now calling for prescribing information intended for health care professionals to be distributed electronically, with few exceptions.
16-Dec-2014 - Patients and pharmacists can now use smartphones to check biologics are genuine with a new Merck Serono tech launched to combat counterfeiters' growing interest in high-value biopharma drugs.
16-Dec-2014 - The US FDA is requiring Pfizer to slap yet another warning label on its antipsychotic Geodon (ziprasidone).
16-Dec-2014 - Asian API makers are turning to ‘out-of-the-box’ Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to help manage documentation and control quality, according to IT solutions Werum.
15-Dec-2014 - Manufacturers should profile the "black specks" created during excipient production and share details with customers according to guidance finalised by IPEC-Americas, which says the unavoidable particles are starting to earn drugmakers 483s.
15-Dec-2014 - Novartis's CEO becomes President of EFPIA, a new head of R&D for Genentech, and more People on the Move.
15-Dec-2014 - Sosei Group Corporation is looking to peptides to replenish its pipeline through the $70m acquisition of technology firm Jitsubo.
12-Dec-2014 - AstraZeneca has continued the Big Pharma trend away from small molecule blockbusters and towards a biologics-heavy pipeline, announcing the closure of its Pulmicort facility in Massachusetts.
11-Dec-2014 - Pharma companies have called on the Swedish government to prevent manufacturing going the way of R&D and leaving the country, after AstraZeneca closed its research in Lund in 2012.
11-Dec-2014 - The Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance says the quality of US FDA inspections has “significantly deteriorated” this year, and their approach is creating a climate of fear among Indian manufacturers.
10-Dec-2014 - Pfizer has revealed a unique way of hiring employees in Sweden it compares to “American Idol” auditions.
10-Dec-2014 - The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved Sun Pharma’s $3.2bn acquisition of Ranbaxy.